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New Regulatory Czar Takes Charge

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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 32-33
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.32b

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In his first public move as head of regulations at the White House Office of Management and Budget, John Graham came out of his corner swinging. In actions last month--a memo to agencies and two "prompt" letters--Graham, a risk-analysis expert on leave from Harvard, signaled that he intends to take firm control of regulatory policy across the government. His office won't "play a simply reactive role," says Graham, who faults his predecessors in the past 8 years for letting agencies have free rein.